Sahoma and Pretty Water Lake Report for the week of July 4th

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Sahoma Bait Shop manager Matt Marlar says fishing has been “up and down” due to the constantly changing barometric pressure this week.

Marlar said he recently caught several bass at Sahoma. Crappie are still biting and a number of catfish have caught, primarily at Pretty Water. On Wednesday, Pretty Water was stocked with an additional 952 catfish.

The spot to catch catfish at Pretty Water is the boat ramp. From personal experience, I have found that hot dogs and chicken liver have been the bait of choice. According to Malar, some anglers soak hot dogs in Kool-Aid, and worms and cut bait have been effective. According to Marlar, the best place for bass fishing is along the banks near the weeds.

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You can now rent a kayak at Lake Sahoma. The rental fee is $25 for two hours or $40 for four hours. Payment is cash or credit card only and you must be 18 years or older to rent. Life jackets are included in the rental.

The bait/concession shop is open Wednesdays and Thursdays from 7 am to 5 pm, Fridays from 7 am to 6 pm, Saturdays from 6 am to 6 pm, and Sundays from 6 am to 2 pm.

A state fishing license, as well as a city fishing permit, is required for Sahoma and Pretty Water lakes. An annual individual permit is $35 plus tax, however, there is a $15 discount for children aged 9-16, adults 65 and older, those with disabilities, or those receiving SSI benefits. An individual daily permit for anglers aged 9 and up is $5 plus tax, children 8 and under fish free. An annual family permit, which includes two adults 17 or older and two children 9-16, is $60 plus tax.

Fishing permits may be purchased at City Hall or at the Sapulpa or Sand Springs Walmart stores.

Boaters are encouraged to have the following items on board: a life jacket, a throwable floatation device, a sound device, a fire extinguisher (for gasoline-powered boats), a first aid kit, two ropes, and optimally, a VHF radio since cell phone coverage can be spotty on the water.